On January 23rd, 2015 President Vladimir Putin held an emergency meeting with permanent members of the Russian Security Council to discuss the escalating violence in Ukraine.
PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN:
“Good afternoon, comrades.
We are witnessing a dramatic deterioration of the situation in southeastern Ukraine, in Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic. In this connection I would like to inform you again that a week ago, on Thursday, I sent a letter to the President of Ukraine, a written proposal to withdraw heavy weapons – artillery and multiple rocket launchers – to such a distance from which it would be impossible to fire at populated areas.
I would like to inform you further that this proposal almost completely coincided with the requirements of the official Kiev. You know that there may be one disputed area along the line of separation between the parties to the conflict. So we suggested that weapons and heavy equipment should be withdrawn to the line that Kiev authorities themselves consider fair and corresponding to the agreements reached in Minsk on September 19, 2014.
Unfortunately, we received no clear answer to our proposal; in fact, we also saw the reverse action, namely the Kiev government has given an official order to launch large-scale combat operations along almost the entire perimeter of contact between the opposing sides.
The result: dozens of dead and wounded, and not only among servicemen on both sides, but, even more tragically, there has been loss of life among the civilian population, including children, the elderly and women. The artillery, multiple rocket launchers and aircraft are firing indiscriminately, directly at densely populated areas.
All of this is happening to the accompaniment of propaganda slogans about the quest for peace and the search for those responsible. The responsibility is borne by those who issue such criminal orders. The people who do this should know that there is no other way to solve such conflicts but through peace negotiations and political means. We often hear, including from today’s official Kiev, that this is their preferred method of addressing issues, but the reality is quite different. I hope that common sense will eventually triumph.
I would like to call for a moment of silence to honour the victims, including those who died at a bus stop in Donetsk.
(Moment of silence.)
Taking part in the meeting were Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko
Chairwoman of the Council of Federation State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin
State Duma Speaker Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Ivanov
Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev
Secretary of the Russian Federation Security Council Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev
Interior Minister Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov
Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Mikhail Fradkov
Deputy Secretary of the Security Council Rashid Nurgaliyev
Deputy Secretary of the Security Council and permanent member of the Security Council Boris Gryzlov
See related video: Gorlovka 27 04 2014 After artillery fire Army of Ukraine kills civilians in Donbass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU-1WK7GpdM
Note: We have been monitoring literally hundreds of reports of civilians being killed by the US backed Kiev government. This is based on independent news reports and Youtube videos:
See video; Ukrainian Su 25 shelling Donetsk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckawJqbCOdw
See video: Ukraine used phosphorous incendiaries, cluster bombs against cities – Russian military https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aa7I__puW8
See video: Ukraine: Widespread Use of Cluster Munitions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixf1LEzh1fo
See video: HRW: Kiev Army uses cluster bombs banned by 114 countries in East Ukraine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DldmUbP64Y
See video: Blood on the streets in the Ukraine: Ukrainian army bombs civilians! – english subtitles 01.10.2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrMoHfsuLGc